Instructure Sale: Two large investors against deal and claiming conflicts of interest (update – Three)

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  1. James
    James says:

    When Instructure first landed on the market they said “oh we will never sell” and “we’re the good guys” but on a long enough timeline no one can resist that sweet PE money. Make no mistake PE will decimate Instructure and they’ll be nothing in 3-5 years just like Blackboard. It’s a good lesson, use a feel good message to market to higher-ed, then reap the rewards down the line. Perhaps another new LMS company will pop up and take advantage.

    • Derak
      Derak says:

      A key difference being all of their software is open-source. If instructure is nothing more; the code still exists and canvas can still continue as a thing. Happy customers are unlikely to fork your FOSS product. If the customers are in the future unhappy; canvas can live on at a different company.

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  1. […] And for a time, the business of Instructure was good. People were relieved that there was a new alternative to Blackboard. The company IPO’d in 2015 and finally surpassed Blackboard’s US market share in 2018. But it now ends the decade back where it started: trying to appease the money people. A move to sell Instructure to the private equity firm Thoma Bravo is facing resistance from three large investors. […]

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